It has been almost two months since a Norfolk Southern train derailed in East Palestine, Ohio, changing its residents’ lives forever. What if something like this happens 40 miles down the track – in Pittsburgh? Chronicle: Trouble on the Tracks will examine these questions in detail.
WTAE, Hearst’s ABC affiliate in Pittsburgh, is airing a special report, Chronicle: Trouble on the Tracks on Wednesday, March 29, at 8 p.m. that explores the recent East Palestine, Ohio, train derailment and how Pittsburgh should prepare should something like that happen there.
It has been almost two months since a Norfolk Southern train derailed in East Palestine, changing its residents’ lives forever. What could have been done to prevent it? What if something like this happens 40 miles down the track – in Pittsburgh? Chronicle: Trouble on the Tracks will examine these questions in detail.
“What occurred in East Palestine has been devastating to our Ohio and Beaver County neighbors,” says Charles W. Wolfertz III, WTAE’s GM. “This Chronicle episode will shine a spotlight on what went wrong and what needs to be done to protect all communities from another occurrence.”
In this special Chronicle, host Janelle Hall details emergency response plans in the Pittsburgh region, while also looking at the lessons that can be learned from the tragedy in East Palestine.
Reporter Sheldon Ingram explores what federal lawmakers in Washington are doing to make rail travel safer, and travels to East Palestine to hear from residents who were personally affected by the Feb. 3 derailment.
Finally, Investigative Reporter Paul Van Osdol examines what is being transported on the railways in and around Pittsburgh.
“Our talented team of journalists has spent weeks covering the East Palestine derailment,” says Jim Parsons, WTAE’s news director. “This installment of Chronicle takes viewers beyond the daily headlines to provide an in-depth examination of the impact on neighborhoods in southeastern Ohio and southwestern Pennsylvania as well as an investigative examination of rail safety in the city of Pittsburgh. Though we hope it never happens, this Chronicle drills down to the impact a similar accident would have on Pittsburgh neighborhoods.”
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